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Frank Niederländer

BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

Jury: Science Start-ups

Dr. Frank Niederländer, born in Germany, has enjoyed a Franco-German education, first at a Franco-German school, later during his studies, from which he graduated with a German Master of Business Administration and a French Grande Ecole degree. During this time, he also had the opportunity to live in Lyon, Paris, and Brussels.

In 1991, Dr. Frank Niederländer started his career as an international management trainee at BMW AG. He continued through various positions in the company’s core business areas, such as R&D, corporate planning, product development, and finance/controlling. From 1998, he took over management responsibility as head of product controlling. During this time, he also obtained his PhD in Strategic Management.

Between 2002 and 2007, he was in charge of the BMW advanced development area, first as Vice President of R&D Strategy and later as VP of Innovation Management. In 2007, Niederländer was appointed VP of BMW Brand and Product Strategy Worldwide, in 2009, VP of Product Architecture and in 2010, VP of the Small Car Platform. In 2016 and 2017, he was in charge of restructuring an international Airbag Supplier Case.

In January 2018, Dr. Frank Niederländer was appointed Member of the Board of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.

The Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year will highlight breakthrough thinking from around the world in 10 categories, ranging from Life Sciences to Science Engagement. Counting more than 100 jurors, each breakthrough will be determined by a distinguished world-class Jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields.

We are delighted that Helga Nowotny, fmr. President of the European Research Council, will serve as the Chair of the Juries, presiding over the selection process at large.

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